The Passport Project’s infographic is also all over the internet lately. [I can’t find their data or how they combined their sources to generate their correlations, so I am assuming it is correct.]
I wish there were additional information on the correlations they display. as well as what it was *not* correlated with. [and of course, always remember, correlation is not causation, repeat, like a mantra]
The dark spaces are as interesting as the light. The creators of this infographic chose income, human capital, creative class, and well-being. What about others? For example, student loan debt, obesity, or number of children?
The US Map shows the lowest passport ownership in states that have the highest obesity ratings. [This is not on their site, but from my head.]
If we assume that no passport means no foreign travel, and that a significant portion of overseas travel is by airplane, perhaps there is a correlation between girth and seat size on airplanes. Perhaps those who do not fit well in plane seats do not bother with passports.
I seem to be having data issues lately. So often they seem skewed or presented to give an impression that is only part of the story. So, additional data things. US Population is listed, but does this include American citizens as well as non-citizens? Are the passports issued new passports or all passports including renewals or replacements?
The infographic is lovely, but it leaves me with more questions than answers.
Is it really the cost of travel, or as implied here, the cost of a passport, that keeps the young from traveling? Perhaps it is also the actual cost of travel, or the need to have a job, pay rent, pay off student loans.